Crystal was taught to play trumpet at the age of 13 by her great-uncle. She was given her great-grandfather's trumpet and fiddled around on it for years, only deciding to take the instrument seriously when she discovered ska music at the age of 15. In her final year of school Crystal was introduced to Miles Davis and the world of improvised music, and began playing jazz. She attended the SIMA Women in Jazz course run by Sandy Evens and was inspired to continue studying music.
Crystal went on to complete a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education at UNSW, graduating in 2007. Since university she has been playing trumpet in various big bands and has developed a passion for singing. At present Crystal sings and composes for the soul/jazz/funk band, Pom Pom Shazaam, and performs with many other bands and musicians. Crystal has enjoyed residencies at Tokyo Bar, Jazzsushi, Lewisham Hotel; performed at other music venues such as the Red Rattler and KUDU Lounge; and performed at various art galleries with the Mercy Sound Collective, a collaborative poetry, art and music group.
During the week Crystal enjoys being the music teacher at Holroyd High School; a unique government school whose population is mostly newly-arrived migrants and refugees. She is building a musical culture in the school by running a concert band, choir, guitar ensemble, rock band and drumming group.